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Does Salary Transparency Make Employees Feel Empowered or Disgruntled?

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The modern office layout is open. The walls have come down, and even those that remain are usually made of glass. We continue to move in the direction of transparency, yet there is one thing at work that most people still keep to themselves: their salary.

But the movement towards full transparency has few boundaries, which is why at SumAll, a social media analytics company, CEO Dane Atkinson lists everyone’s exact salary on an internal document accessible to all company employees.

If this sounds a little extreme to you, you’re not alone. British TV producers found the concept so dramatic that they made it the basis of a 2012 reality TV show, where, after all employee salaries were disclosed at a British plumbing company, bitter arguments broke out among workers who felt they weren’t being paid fairly.

But it doesn’t have to be this way, Atkinson says. In fact, he believes that this kind of transparency, called “full-salary transparency,” is beneficial for the employees of his New York-based company, which employs more than 40 people. Continue reading

11 Tips for Freelancers from Twyla Tharp’s the Creative Habit

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Photo credit: Christine Bougie.

“The white-hot pitch of creativity is only useful to those who know what to do with it,” says Twyla Tharp in her best-selling book, The Creative Habit. In it, she shares skills learned as a lifelong accomplished choreographer that help make creativity work better for you. It’s filled with ideas and exercises made to enhance your craft, whatever that may be, with better tools—both mental and physical. While it does focus on those involved in “the arts,” there is plenty of wisdom for the modern multi-tasking creative. Here, some of her best pieces of advice put through the lens of a freelancer who must constantly juggle craft with commerce.

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Why Now is the Best Time to Work for Yourself

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Do you daydream about working from the beach? Never sitting in a cubicle again? What about being your own boss? Those dreams are closer to reality than you might think.

Independent workers—whether they’re freelancers, contractors or solopreneurs—are on the rise. The number of people who work for themselves grew 14% from 2001 to 2012, and today 14.6 million people are self-employed in the U.S. That’s 10% of the national workforce. And fortunately for those who eschew the traditional 9 to 5, there’s never been a better time to be self-employed.

The idea of working for yourself certainly isn’t a new one, so why is the moment particularly ripe to make the move into self-employment?

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10 Millennials Inspiring Us to Hustle Even Harder

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In recent years, we’ve seen Millennials become the largest generation in the workforce, changes in the way companies look at Millennials as customers, and predictions that one-fourth of the Millennial workforce will fill the managerial roles of retiring Baby Boomers in 2016.

One of the coolest parts about this Millennial revolution, though, is that as our generation starts to take over more and more of the working world, we become surrounded by peers who motivate us and inspire us to hustle even harder. Here, we’ve gathered 10 of our favorites. As entrepreneurs, bloggers, scientists, and all-around game changers, these Millennials are igniting our inner desire to hustlehustlehustle.

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Getting Started With Front-End Web Development

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So, you want to learn to code? Awesome! Knowing how to code can help you level up in your current role, open new career opportunities, and empower you to make your app or website ideas come to life. But where should you start?

Although hotly contested among developers, most novice coders begin their education by learning the basics of front-end web development, or the client-facing side of web development. The front end involves what the end user sees, like the design/appearance of the web page.

In order to become a front-end developer, there are three “languages” you need to master: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, or as I like to call them, “The Holy Trinity.”

Below, I explain the difference between these three languages, and how they work in concert to get a simple website up and running.

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Don’t Wait for a Call Back: 4 Non-Traditional Ways Score an Interview

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Here’s the good news: As of September 2015, the unemployment rate in the United States is the lowest it’s been in more than seven years. The bad news? The competition for current job seekers is steep.

You may spend hours researching a position, adjusting your resume, and crafting the perfect cover letter only to have some arbitrary algorithm eliminate your application before HR even sees it — let alone a hiring manager. Of course, you need to ensure your resume is optimized with proper formatting and keywords, but there are better ways to impress your potential employer.

You need to set yourself apart, and we’re here to help you do it. Here are five ways to stand out from the applicant crowd and score that coveted first interview.

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